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  • TINJUREY ECOTOURISM FESTIVAL, March 2016 ENVIS centre Sikkim on Ecotourism

    The Tinjurey Ecotourism Festival, a true Ecotourism


    The Tinjurey Ecotourism Festival was held at Pangthang, East

    Sikkim on the 12th& 13th March, 2016. This is the 2nd Festival

    held, the first was held in March 2015. The first Tinjurey

    festival had been participated by 500 Eco tourists (source:

    Forest Department, GoS).

     What is Ecotourism?

     TinjureyDaara, a description

     The Tinjurey festival in photos with description

     12 Things to follow

     The Log house, Golitar: Accomodation and base for Tinjurey trek

     The Activity Area

     Food Stalls/ Sikkimese cuisine

     People, The Lepchas

     Antique Lepcha items

     Dos and Donts in the festival

     The Tinjurey Trek

     Villages in the Area: Lyndok-Nampong Village, and RakdongTintek Village

     Homestays in RakdongTintek

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    The Festival was organised by the Forest Environment Wildlife

    Management Department, supported by the Tourism

    Department and other line Departments. A major achievement

    in thisfestival was that the organisation in Tinjurey and its

    activity areas for the tourists were made possible by the

    members and stakeholders of 51-Lingdok- Nampong Eco-

    Development Committee (EDC). This goes to show that the

    local people of the area had greatly benefitted from the 1st

    instalment of the Festival and this festival showed that locals

    had understood the concepts of ecotourism which was on

    display in the festival.

  • TINJUREY ECOTOURISM FESTIVAL, March 2016 ENVIS centre Sikkim on Ecotourism

    What is Ecotourism?

    In simple words, ecotourism is about preserving natural

    resources and forest life and at the same time, appreciating

    and enjoying the ingenuous charm of the land.

    Ecotourism is viewed as an opportunity to generate income and

    employment. The basic premise of the ecotourism component

    is to develop successful community based tourism i.e. ventures

    that satisfy both conservation and development objectives,

    which are envisaged through community based ecotourism,

    which help in promoting the Himalayan way of life.

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    Ecotourism is a remarkable and pivotal part of tourism because

    it enhances the natural and cultural integrity of the people in a

    responsible manner

    This 2nd Tinjurey Ecotourism Festival is ecotourism in the true

    sense because along with keeping the triple bottom line, as in

    environmental, economic, and cultural aspects in balance the

    materials used to build the stalls, and other required

    infrastructure like shops stages and even accommodation were

    made up of wood, bamboo (prominently) which are locally

    available with local artisans involved in the construction. This

    way expenses and dependency on materials bought form

    outside of the locality are mitigated and the capital is passed to

    the local stakeholders, thereby enhancing the economy of the


    The activity area was the site where the festival was inaugurated

    followed by speeches by Ministers and departmental heads. The activity

    area also witnessed cultural dances and food stalls and was further

    accentuated by the calm and inviting hospitality of the members of the

    Eco Development Committee comprising of the locals and people of the

    villages of the area. The villages surrounding the festival sites are

    Lingdok, Pangthang, Nampok, RakdongTintek.

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    “TinjureyDaara” In Nepali simply means the three pointed small hills,

    which looks like humps of an ox. However, it is also named as “Thyung-

    Numpu” in Lepcha and “Chyo-Nampong” in Bhutia Language. Though

    it is called and known by different names, it is a sacred place for all

    beings and is believed and worshiped by people of every community. It is

  • TINJUREY ECOTOURISM FESTIVAL, March 2016 ENVIS centre Sikkim on Ecotourism

    a holy place, where from all communities visit and offer prayers and

    wishes. The holy occasion of Pang Lhabsol is also celebrated where people

    pray to the Mt. Khangchendzonga in protecting the peaceful state of

    Sikkim. Tinjurey is an excellent trekking zone as it takes a day to cover

    the trek provided tourist halt at the Golitar log house. The magnificent

    views of Mt Khangchendzonga, breath taking sceneries, splendid

    environment with chirping sound of joyful amazing birds, countless plant

    species including many beneficial herbs, naturally decorated with colourful

    ornamental flowers and wildlife is the least to expect from this trek.

    Apart from its beauty, this place is highly facilitated with most appreciable

    and trustworthy, well cultured “stake holders” with their kind hospitality

    and guidance which makes the visitors trip to Tinjurey most exciting,

    fascinating and memorable.


    1. Be prepared for outdoor

    Remember, you will be walking in the woods; therefore your attire should

    be something that will make you feel comfortable and won’t drag you


    2. Buy the ticket

    Ticket booths are near GBPHED Gate and sanctuary entry gate and Office

    of the directorate of ecotourism (in picture above), the ticket price covers

    sanctuary entry fees, guiding & activity charge. Revenue being generated

    from the ticket sale will be distributed among the beneficiaries & VDF

    3. Experience traditional Hospitality

    You will be welcome to the village in a typical Lepcha, Bhutia& Nepali

    style with traditional customs and songs.

    4. Enter The Natural Zone

    Now you enter the FambongLho wildlife sanctuary, here you get to feel

    nature in its pristine best, at the “Golitar Gate” visitors will be received by

  • TINJUREY ECOTOURISM FESTIVAL, March 2016 ENVIS centre Sikkim on Ecotourism

    the local guide who will brief them about the sanctuary rules and various

    activities that are on offer in the nature Zone.

    5. Observe, Interpret & Appreciate

    Become part of the nature. Observe different forms of local biodiversity

    around you-trees, plants, flowers, birds, butterflies, animals etc. You have

    self-guided nature trails or can avail the service of interpretative guides

    from the local village.

    6. Be Your own Guide @ Gurasey trail

    Gurasey Nepali Name for Rhododendron trail is about 1.2 km long and is

    developed into a self-guided trial with sigh boards and interpretative

    materials. A walk on this trail will fetch you splendid pine forest

    rhododendron, birds, butterflies and breathe taking valley views.

    7. Birds, Birding and bird trail.

    The birding trail starts from the camping around area and meanders

    through bamboo forest and water bodies before reaching the open ground

    area; here you get a view of mountain range including Mt.

    Khangchendzonga. This trail offers incredible chances to spot and

    photograph good number of bird species.

    8. Village life experience

    At “Gairi-goan” the visitors can see and experience a typical sikkimese

    village. One can walk around the village and see various activities like

    farming, cardamom plantation, mulching, traditional games etc.

    9. Ethnic food

    Different ethnic food items of the Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali community

    are available at above welcome centre. The visitors can buy and enjoy

    various food items.

    10. Ethnic museum and local souvenirs.

    An ethnic museum showcasing different traditional artefacts of local

    community is there at Rail Goan, above the welcome centre next to the

    museum is souvenir shop, where the visitor can shop souvenir products

    made by the local crafts men

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    11. Traditional Dance:

    Visitors can enjoy the dance performance of member belonging to local

    community namely Bhutia’s, Lepcha’s and Nepali.

    12. Local Drink Making

    It is a tradition, that when a guest visits, the local people welcome them

    with drink that is considered a gesture of honour

    The Tinjurey festival in photos with description

    Pic: Golitar Ground (Activity Area)

    Pic: Stakeholders and tourists witnessing the cultural dances

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    Pic: Permits to the Fambongla Wildlife Sanctuary can be obtained here by the tourists

    Pic: An eco-friendly welcome to the Village activity areas

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    Pic: Steps made of cane and bamboo leading to the Village activity area